International Women in Science Conference
SETPOINT Lancashire is part of the United Kingdom's "Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Network" (SETNET). We support the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools by offering them access to enrichment and enhancement activities, mainly aimed at ages 5 to 16 years.
We work in partnership with major companies, research centres, universities and professional bodies to develop and deliver a broad range of STEM events. We also provide information, advice and guidance on STEM careers and study paths.
We encourage partner organisations to become involved in a volunteering scheme called "Science and Engineering Ambassadors" (SEAs). SEAs are enthusiastic role models from all backgrounds and skills who wish to inspire young people to become involved in STEM subjects. Their personal experience and skills help to bring STEM subjects to life and encourage more young people and their teachers to understand the opportunities that a science, engineering or technology-based career can offer them.
Through the SEAs programme, scientists, engineers and technical staff provide specialist support and encouragement for schools. This can be by developing new ideas based upon their own experience, and/or by building upon existing STEM initiatives, including national and international events and competitions.
Individual SEAs benefit from opportunities to share their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics with young people. Through working with schools they have opportunities to build and develop their communication and presentation skills, as well as "making a difference" to how young people view scientists and science.
This UK-wide scheme has opportunities for networking amongst SEAs at local, regional and national level, with associated award schemes that recognize the dedication, skills and commitment of individual SEAs as well as the organizations and employers they represent.